I have already suggested my ethnocentric desires that our next Holy Father be of my cultural background either Italian or Canadian. I just learned or relearned this morning that Marc Cardinal Ouellet is also a Sulpician priest. The Sulpician priests are the ones who taught me in the seminary. They are technically not a religious order, but diocesan priests who have formed an order-like association and whose primary mission is the formation of new priests.
My other favorite choices, though, and where my heart really lies is with the Italian cardinals, Scola, Bagnasco and Ravasi. I would be in ethnocentric ecstasy with any of them!
But others seem to think we need someone from South America and we have the perfect candidate for my ethnocentric demands in a cardinal from Argentina who is born of Italian parents, His Excellency, Leonardo Cardinal SANDRI. How delicious! And wearing an Eastern Rite/Orthodox stole no less:
Born on 18 November 1943 in Buenos Aires to an immigrant Italian family, he studied at the Metropolitan Seminary of Buenos Aires and the Theological Faculty of Buenos Aires, before studying in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University (doctorate in canon law) and at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (diplomacy).
He was ordained for the archdiocese of Buenos Aires on 2 December 1967 by (then) Archbishop Juan Carlos Aramburu. He later became Cardinal Aramburu's personal secretary before returning to Rome to continue his studies and entering into the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1974.
As a junior diplomat, he served in the nunciatures in Madagascar and Mauritius, in the Secretariat of State in Rome, and in the nunciature of the United States of America. He returned to Rome in 1992 to take the position of Assessor of the Secretariat of State for general affairs.
He was consecrated a bishop on 11 October 1997 by Angelo Cardinal Sodano in St Peter's Basilica, with the titual see of Cittanova, and was named Papal Nuncio in Venezuala. He later became Papal Nuncio to Mexico in 2000 and was named Sostituto for General Affairs in the Secretariat of State on 16 September 2000.
It was Monsignor Sandri who read the messages of Pope John Paul II when the Holy Father became too ill to read them himself; and it was Monsignor Sandri who announced the Supreme Pontiff's death to the world in St Peter's Square on 2 April 2005.
He was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Oriential Churches on 9 June 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI, and made a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI at the Consistory of 24 November 2007.
He speaks Spanish, Italian, French, English and German.
As well, as Prefect for the Congregation for Oriental Churches, i.e. Eastern Rite Churches, he would certainly continue Pope Benedict's desire that the Church of the East and the Church of the West be reunited, that the Great Schism would be healed.
As well, a Cardinal that has an affinity for Eastern Rite Liturgies would continue the same type of ethos that Pope Benedict has brought to the Ordinary Form of the Mass and I would think that Cardinal Sandri would also be sympathetic to the 1962 Roman Missal as its "cultural development" is more closely aligned to the cultural developments in the Eastern Rite liturgies. There is a similar ethos in other words, lacking in the Ordinary Form as celebrated today in most places.
On top of that my grandfather whose heritage is Corsica, where Napoleon was from, and a French island off the coast of Livorno, Italy, where my grandfather's family eventually ended up (I had no idea that I had French in me until two years ago)worked for many years in Argentina although I don't know if that was before or after his marriage to my grandmother, who was taller than her Napoleon-like husband. Unfortunately for my beloved deceased mother, she took after her father in the height category rather than her taller mother.
Of course I don't want to besmirch the sexual morality of my grandfather since I don't know his disposition while he worked in Argentina, but who knows, I could have relatives there! Of course there is no way to know. I could even be related somehow to Cardinal Sandri, who knows but God!
But, when I think about my Italian, Canadian and French ancestry, it makes it all the more fascinating that Cardinal Ouellet might fit my ethnocentric demands in his two nationalities, FRENCH-Canadian, not to mention being a Sulpician! That is delicious too.
But what about my Confederate States of America heritage having grown up in Georgia? Who would fit that ancestry of mine but also have Italian roots that would make him all the more a papal candidate for me? Let me see, could it be:
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Daniel Nicholas Cardinal DiNardo: